Going Back to the Basics



Three years ago, I went to see the screening for “Citizen Architects” and listened to the filmmakers about the purpose for their documentary.  Their goal was to show case Samuel Mockbee’s idea of the “correct” architect, letting students’ hands get dirty with the construction process, and building with more conservative materials. I generally frown upon the LEED criteria and use of over the top material and building functions, due to that not everyone can afford living in that space or pay the bill for construction.

This might seem like a good-feeling post about what these people are doing, but I want to expose everyone to the idea of using local material even recycled windshields or tires as a new way of construction, one of our classmates posted about re-using shipping containers, which sparked new light on housing city-wide development and for universities. I guess as a back comment to the Retrofitting blog post, this is one of the United States versions. We are always looking for new sustainable tricks to help save on the energy bill, but maybe all those tools are in our backyard.

There is a big reason why the RURAL Studio at Auburn University, got started due to looking at helping their locals and also trying to establish an alternate source for affordable housing. After Hurricane Katrina hit the south, especially New Orleans, Louisiana a lot of people lost their homes and majority of them were relocated around neighboring states. When there is a high-demand for housing or city centers, how can this be done in an affordable, Eco-friendly, show casing local culture, and not reinventing the wheel? Can the ideas of RURAL studio really set a new pace for the U.S. to look at natural disasters areas or low income areas in cities?

Here is about the movie, “Citizen Architects” and back information: http://citizenarchitectfilm.com/index.php

Their latest topics: http://www.archdaily.com/392777/aia-2013-citizen-architect/

San Antonio, Texas firm doing similar concepts: http://www.lakeflatoporchhouse.com/history.php

Websites from where the photos come from and also additional good reads:


Masons Bend Community Center: http://forrestfulton.com/masons-bend-community-center/

Yancey Chapel: http://www.aia.org/practicing/AIAB085699


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